If 2015 begged for space that gave us room to breathe and unplug, 2016 invites us to dive into real-life, sensory rich experiences. Forget the virtual reality, but don’t hide away.
Go out into the world – sans technology – and look around! Put all five senses to work and discover the beautiful sights, rich scents, vibrant textures and sounds at every turn. Bring what inspires you back into your own home and let it drive you to create a space uniquely your own.
We have become a sensory-deprived society, so plugged in to our mobile world – always looking down – that we’ve missed out on engaging sights, sounds, smells and touch in the world around us.
So whether that’s in soothing the senses with calming, serene neutral colors, or reenergizing the senses to find yourself in harmony with the world around you – and away from digital screens – this year’s design trends are guaranteed to lift your head and your spirit.
From Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore to Pantone, if the industry’s choices for 2016 color of the year have one thing in common it’s a focus on tranquility. More so, they are transfixed on blurring the lines. Something we’ve become all too familiar with in our daily lives.
Blurring The Lines In Interior Design
For several years now, there has been a slow melding of our online and offline worlds. Online stores offer wider selections than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. Social media connects you to your favorite brands across the country and around the world. Print has gone digital, and digital is getting more personal.
It’s difficult anymore to tell the real world apart from our virtual realities. In design, the lines are blurring as well.
Pantone took this theme to heart, choosing – for the first time ever –not one but two colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. This fusion of two shades symbolizes what’s happening in our culture. And both shades are calm, soothing colors that embody the peace homeowners are searching for, both online and off.
Benjamin Moore’s 2016 color of the year is Simply White. Not only does the color white work to create a soft ambiance, bringing focus and zeroing in on nuance and subtlety in a space, but it also refreshes and energizes.
Sherwin Williams’ color of the year, Alabaster, does the same, offering both solace and revival.
This blurring of lines between drama and peace, soothing and refreshing, is what 2016 has in store.
The Pantone Color Institute’s 2016 color trends blur these lines with unexpected color combinations, eclectic patterns and tones, and a mix of contrasting shades.
Benjamin Moore takes the same approach with shades that both soothe the senses and create a vibrant intensity.
Make It Work For You
The light neutrals of this year’s color palette let you start from an almost blank canvas to create exactly the type of environment and emotion you want to convey in your living space. These neutrals work hard – and can go from soothing to exciting in the blink of an eye.
So how can you create your own updated space with this new design aesthetic in mind? Step one, put down the phone. Step two, lift up your eyes and take note of what’s around you.
Bring your senses back to life. Take the time to notice how different color combinations and textures make you feel.
Are you energized or exhausted by exotic patterns? Do natural fabrics bring out your creative muse or your desire to clean house? Do calm colors do more to soothe or bore you? This year it’s all about connecting with the shades that work for you.
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